KOFO Local News

Quenemo man gets 30 months in Pomona bank robbery

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 7, 2014

KANSAS CITY — A 39-year-old Quenemo man was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for helping to rob the Goppert State Service Bank in Pomona. Robert Martin pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to one count of bank robbery, U.s. Attorney Barry Grissom said. In his plea, Martin admitted he took part in the March 19 robbery in Pomona. He said he drove to the bank with co-defendant Caleb Jeffcoat. Martin said he gave Jeffcoat a mask and BB gun that had been altered to make it look more like a real gun. Jeffcoat entered the bank and robbed a teller. Investigators used video surveillance from a Dollar General store and a gas station in Pomona to identify them, Grissom said. Jeffcoat, 26, Quenemo, is awaiting sentencing for the robbery. Christel Collins, 37, Quenemo, is also awaiting sentencing.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m.

First of rare sky sights this month begins Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — A rare sky event, the second total lunar eclipse of the year, begins Wednesday morning at approximately 3:15, with the nearly hour-long total eclipse to start at 5:25. Those in western North America will have the best view of the total eclipse. The total eclipse is the start of a big month for skywatchers. One of the year’s best meteor showers, the Orionids, will peak overnight on Oct. 21 and 22. NASA said the Orionids showers could feature lots of fireballs and long fiery trails. And the next day, a partial solar eclipse of up to two-thirds of the sun’s surface will occur the evening of Oct. 23. Those in western North America will have the best view of the eclipse.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m.

Gardner teen killed in I-35 crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 7, 2014

OLATHE — A Gardner teen was killed in a one-vehicle crash Sunday evening along I-35 in Olathe. Jonah Wheeler, 18, was driving south on I-35 near 167th Street when he lost control, causing his car to spin, enter the median and strike a pole, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. He was dead at the scene. The highway patrol said Wheeler wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m.

Ottawa man hospitalized after colliding with paving machine

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 7, 2014

EDGERTON — A 26-year-old Ottawa man was injured when he struck a paving machine along I-35 in Johnson County Friday morning. Michael Neighbors was driving north on I-35 at about Homestead Road when he swerved inside the construction cones and struck the paving machine, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Neighbors was taken to Overland Park Regional Hospital. The highway patrol said he was wearing a seat belt.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m.

Sales Tax Renewal Delay?

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 7, 2014

OTTAWA–The proposed renewal of the half cent sales tax for Ottawa and a possible additional half cent for economic development seems to be running into slight delays.  Jeff Seymour of the Franklin County Development Council notified the City Commission that the cost of taking a poll on the issue is going to be a little more costly than expected.  City Manager Richard Nienstedt also cautioned the Commission that time is getting short if the issue is to be put to the voters on a timely basis.

Monday, Oct. 6, 9:30 pm

Two Acres and a Pony

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 2, 2014

OTTAWA–Some residents in Ottawa may be able to have chickens after all…but there’s a catch.  They have to own at least two acres and meet other conditions.  The rezoning change was made at the request of a woman who owns around two dozen chickens and a miniature pony.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 10:40 pm

Coffey County agent to join Frontier Extension District

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 30, 2014

OTTAWA — Janae McNally will join the staff of the Frontier Extension District as a 4-H youth development extension agent, effective this coming Monday. McNally worked previously as a family and consumer sciences extension agent in Coffey County. She has a bachelor’s degree in family life and community services from Kansas State University. 4-H youth development agents develop and deliver programs aimed at helping youth develop life skills, including a positive self-concept, an inquiring mind, a concern for the community, healthy interpersonal relationships and sound decision making.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

Victim of train-pedestrian crash remains unidentified

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 30, 2014

WELLSVILLE — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said it hasn’t released the name of a Wellsville man who was hit by a train in the 4400 block of Texas Road late Thursday night. The man was taken to a Kansas City area hospital with what was described as a “serious injury.” The sheriff’s department said there was no immediate report on his condition today.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

Poet to go from ‘Dark Shadows’ to verse

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 30, 2014

LAWRENCE — A poet fascinated with an old soap opera about vampires and werewolves will read his poems about alien abductions, vampires and Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories at Kansas University. Tony Trigilio, who is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College of Chicago, will read some of his poetry at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the English Room of the Kansas Union. He’ll also take questions and sign copies of his book. The reading is free and open to the public. For his latest writing project, Trigilio is watching all 1,225 episodes of the 1960s horror soap opera “Dark Shadows.” He calls it a gigantic experiment in poetry and autobiography. His first writing from the project, “The Complete Dark Shadows (Of My Childhood), Book 1,” was recently released. He has also done a book about the Buddhist influences of Beat poet Alan Ginsberg.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

More time sought for Wolf Creek repair

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 30, 2014

WOLF CREEK — Wolf Creek nuclear power plant officials are asking federal regulators for more time to replace a sensor that provides an early warning of reactor coolant leaks. The Wichita Eagle reported officials want an extension to fix the faulty sensor. Normally the plant would have 30 days to make the fix but because the repair involves shutting down the plant, but officials want to wait until a scheduled shutdown at the end of February. They say an unscheduled two- to three-day shutdown would cost more than $1 million, most of which would be charged to customers. The plant is jointly owned by Westar Energy, Kansas City Power & Light and the Kansas Electric Power Cooperative. The sensor unit began to fail in August. lf Creek officials said because there are other systems designed to detect leaks, the plant can run without the sensor.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

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